We were looking for somewhere to celebrate New Years Eve and with hindsight consider ourselves fortunate to get a cancellation at the Fritton House only a few days before the event. It was otherwise fully booked, and as we understand, had been for some time.
This hotel sits within the Somerleyton country estate, overlooks a large lake and is accessed by a long drive, all of which are quite charming. First impressions are that of a large ex-estate managers house standing alone in the middle of acres of parkland. We were pleasantly surprised by two horses emerging from the darkness and leaning over the fence as we took our luggage from the car, which somehow fitted perfectly with the situation. Otherwise, the area was completely silent; you could have heard a pin drop.
We found the staff to be friendly and attentive, with the person checking us in then showing us to our room and demonstrating all the facilities. The room itself was surprisingly large and comfortable, complete with beamed ceilings, and was spotlessly clean throughout. The room was well appointed with a large and comfortable bed, flat screen TV, DVD, sofa, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries etc. There was also a large bathroom complete with oversized bath and seperate walk in shower all of which are modern and stylish.
The public areas are all in 'gastropub' style with much use made of the latest 'in fashion' pastel colours and design. Service by the bar staff was both friendly and attentive.
Perhaps some allowances can be made for the restaurant, bearing in mind this was New Years Eve. The restaurant was completely full at 8pm including a number of large parties who were clearly all ordering at once and the kitchen must have been in overdrive. The restuarant itself had a very pleasant ambience and the food, although not outstanding, was very good. The lack of bread being served at the start did however stand out to us.
Our feelings were that service, although generally good, was somewhat rushed, although as I say this may have been down to the particular evening.
Unique to this particular night was the promise of free entry to a New Years Eve disco in an adjoining barn, where we were told over 100 people were expected. We wandered over just after 11pm to find the place virtually empty with only about 20 people present, most of whom were either wearing a hoodie or were holding a young baby. As a result we left due to feeling completely out of place. There was however a 'drift' of hotel guests over to the disco just before midnight and we joined them for the chimes. It made for one of the most unusual, memorable and perhaps amusing New Years we've ever experienced; one which I'm sure we'll remember for a long time to come! In saying all of this, I dont think the hotel can be held responsible for any of this and I'm sure that their offer of free entry was well intentioned.
We had a perfect nights sleep follow by a more than adequate breakfast the following morning. In all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will look to return at some point in the future. I would imagine a walk around the lake on a warm spring day followed by a glass of wine and dinner would be perfect. We also felt that this was very good value for money at £140 B & B per room.
Finally, although we didnt have our 'boy' with us on this occasion, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that this place is pet friendly throughout (with the exception of the restaurant understandably). This does mean that dogs are allowed, and will have, stayed in our room. Despite this, there was no sign of smell, hair, staining etc that often accompanies 'pet friendly' hotels. The acres of parkland outside render this perfect for walking and therefore make this an ideal location if you have your pet with you.
In all; highly recommended for an relatively inexpensive, peaceful and comfortable stay.
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